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The weather has sucked here in Dallas for the last couple of weeks. As soon as the rain breaks I want to polish up the stang. I was just wondering what you guys use. Do any of you use a pre-cleaner, what brand, what kind of polish, what brand, what kind of rags, sponges, etc.

The car hadn't been on the road for 10 years before I bought it. I've only put 300 miles on it in the last year that I've owned it and I know it hasn't been waxed/polished in the 10 years. The paint isn't bad, it's not dull or anything, just dirty from sitting in garages forever.

BTW, I've used Maguirs (sp?) in the past with good results, but wonder if there is something better. I'm especially interested in a good pre-cleaner.
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I'm not one of the ShowBunch just yet although my car is pretty straight looks pretty good for 31 years old with 48,000 miles on her. But I also have a couple of other cars in a more refined state and I like the old standard; Meguiar's 26 about every other wash.
 

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Polish product is a varied as there are people. I have two cars that
don't get wet. I like that. They stay inside and when it's time to
clean them up I use a Cal. car duster first and then a instant detailer.
Wipe gently and rotate the towel often and shake it out. I use a pile
of towels I got from a hotel, for free! Then use the best polish you can
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Most restorers recommend, a coat of polish with cleaners, followed by a coat of Carnuaba wax..I use Mothers

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Pro Yellow wax is pure carnuba (no abraisives) and is available at most pain jobbers. I use that on a black 65 Vette which rarely gets driven under anything other than perfect conditions. After you're polished up and have a great finish, it's like taking care of your Steinway, the wax is just to encase the perfect finish and comes of every wash. If you want a better than average street look then some of the better grade products (which do contain abraisives) work pretty well although the "Show" people steer clear from them because of the dangers of making the finish look too "worked over" and clouded.

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I use Mother's 3 part system. First is the cleaner (for removing old wax), next is the sealer and glaze (to help hide swirl marks), finally the liquid carnuba wax goes on. I like the liquid products 'cause they are easier to rub off. I only use the cleaner and sealer/glaze about once a year. Since I'm not learning karate (wax on wax off) I don't need the extra workout all the time. Oh, and I only use cotton diapers.

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I like the Mothers three step system, the pre-wax cleaner is a pretty good work out the first time but it gets easier the more you do it.

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On the Mach I use the Meguiar's too, really happy w/ the results, leaves a good finish... On my Talon I use Turtle Wax's Red and Black waxes (red car w/ black top) and on my g/f Subaru I use Turtle Wax Blue wax... It leaves a good finish, and since it has the dye in it when it dries around decals and such it dyes color instead of white, looks ALOT better.

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I like Super Glaze by the Wax Shop. It's easy to put on and take off, leaves a good shine and no wax buildup/residue. Works great on plastics too. I've used Eagle One Wet too which leaves a real nice shine, but has the residue to cleanup afterwards. For a quick clean up like at a show I use Meguires Quik Detailer Mist & Wipe.

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I like Meguire's three step process. Cleaner, polish, the wax. Prefer Meguire's Gold for the final step. For a quick detail, Buffalo Milk-Instant Spray Wax works well. I also only use cotton diapers.

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I use Zaino bros. out of New Jersey, great stuff, If I were you I would use a clay bar(Zaino makes one as does Meguirs) to remove dirt and any previous polish then use a good polish. With the Zaino you can build it up using a gloss enhance between coats and your car will Look great. Make sure you use an all cotton towel when you buff, and only get one made in the USA, some towels say they are 100% cotton but often have other fibers in them that can scratch. Check out the Zaino bros website, I'm not sure of the address but you should be able to find it by doing a search. On the website they give some great tips on washing and waxing. No I don't work for Zaino, it just has given me great results but it is expensive.
 

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I use Meguires on all of my automobiles.

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I have been using Meguiars 3 stage for about 2 years and am really happy with it, except for the fact that the wax doesn't last long at all. That's probably good that it is thin enough so the paint can breathe, but I'm not a big fan of having to wax often. At any rate, it does a nice job.

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